First things first, if you’re American like myself, then you know the word ‘biscuit’ as a savory muffin that you eat with butter or gravy. Here in Australia however, ‘biscuit’ is defined by the British definition, meaning a sweet cookie.
Every year, Anzac Day falls on April 25th, and these biscuits are the traditional cookie served to remember the brave soldiers that landed on Gallipoli this day back in 1915 during the First World War. It’s been said that these biscuits (‘bikkies’) were sent by women back home to their soldiers abroad, but after a little more research it seems this might not have been the case. Never-the-less these cookies orginated around this time, either as a way to feed the soldiers, or as a means of raising money for the tropes. Made with ingredients that would hold together through long-haul shipping and without eggs so they’d store and keep well for many months.
“These are literally the tastiest cookies I’ve ever eaten” – Mr SoleFire
(and he eats his fair share of cookies, mind you)
I first posted my recipe for Paleo Anzac Biscuits back in 2010. They are still a crowd pleaser today, and every year my partner makes such proclamations as the one above. If you’re after a nut-free version of these tasty biscuits, get my AIP Anzac Recipe here.
The Anzac Biscuit, known as the wartime biscuit, comes out every year around Anzac Day as a way to honor the Anzac Soldiers of the First World War. It’s been said that these biscuits were sent by women back home to their soldiers abroad. Made without eggs, these biscuits would hold together through shipping and wouldn’t spoil for many months.
Easter is fast approaching, and I wanted to make a recipe that was no-fuss and required no fancy ingredients, but was still impressive and of course, delicious. My recipe for these Sweet Potato Easter “Eggs” & Bunnies is SO easy, fun and kid friendly.
It’s Paleo, AIP, Whole30 and I-Quit-Sugar friendly to boot. This means you can have fun in the kitchen making these with family and friends. And that’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it?
Having recently been on a few trips, including the long-haul flight from Australia to the US – you guys have been asking heaps of questions about how I eat well and enjoy myself during travel, all the while sticking with my dietary awarenesses (gluten free, grain-free, dairy free, sugar free, peanut free – basically Whole30 and AIP).
And while we’re in the midst of the holiday season, I’m sure many of you are gearing up for some travel, and you might be feeling a little overwhelmed about how to stick to eating real food during all the social events and being away from your own kitchen/home. No worries. I got you covered!
I have been traveling overseas for more than a decade now, and while I make the conscious choice to prioritize positive thoughts and attitudes, quality food and water, I have totally felt anxiety in the past when it comes to food and travel. Over the years however, I’ve learnt what’s worth stressing about and what isn’t, as well as the systems I’ve put in place so I can enjoy my time away, and spend much less time in my head wondering where my next “safe” meal will come from.
We all choose to prioritize our health for different reasons, so whether you just don’t want to be bloated on vacay, or you’re following a specific dietary protocol for health reasons (i.e. celiac, autoimmune paleo, diabetes, Whole30, etc), these are my best strategies to fuel and nourish your whole body while on the road.
Today is my birthday. I spent most of it on an international flight, which gave me a nice moment in time to reflect on some of the gems I’ve learned over these 30 years, and the wisdom I would love to share with you. But when I went to write it down, it became clear to me that these sorts of lessons really don’t translate through words, but more so that they must be felt and experienced to be truly integrated.
So rather than just telling you ‘all the things’… Instead I’m going to share with you a letter I wrote to myself. I’ve found it therapeutic to pen myself a letter from time to time, especially during formative periods in life, and also affirming to look back on later down the track. I hope sharing today’s letter gives you some insight and inspiration to speak to yourself with kindness and gentleness too, just as you would a good friend. After all, your inner dialogue is potent and affects your health more then you know (we’ve even got hard science to back this up!) and maybe it will inspire YOU to write a little letter to yourself, because, why the heck not? You might be surprised at what comes out.
So this is 30.